John McCain’s blood clot delays Senate vote on healthcare bill
Mitch McConnell announced on Saturday that he is postponing the vote on the Senate’s Obamacare replacement bill while Sen. John Mccain recovers from surgery to have a blood clot removed.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) July 16, 2017
“While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Reconciliation Act,” the Senate majority leader said in a statement. No new date or timetable has been set yet.
McConnell was hoping to put the BCRA to a vote this coming week, but with McCain stuck in Arizona recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, the bill was most likely doomed. If more than two Senate Republicans break rank and vote “no” the bill is dead, and Sens. Rand Paul and Susan Collins have already come out against the bill. The GOP can’t afford to lose the Maverick, who will happily vote with his party no matter what and then complain to reporters about the sad state of affairs he helped usher in.
Here’s wishing John a speedy recovery so that he can inevitably vote to take health insurance away from millions of sick and elderly people while exempting himself.